The driving of an automobile is compared with running a train on the railroad. The driver is an engineer on whose observance of the rules of driving and the courtesies of the road the passengers depend for safety.
14:42:19:14 Great low-angle shot locomotive passes over camera.
14:42:34:26 Montage of old railroad company train logos: Old footage train passes camera speeding around curve, neon light display spelling “20th Century Limited” superimposed over shot; wipes to low-angle shot old train passing camera, “The Sunshine Special” superimposed over shot; old locomotive passes over bridge sign for “The Royal Blue” superimposed over shot; locomotive speeds past camera, sign “Olympian” superimposed over shot; high-angle shot train speed over tracks across frame at angle sign for “The Chief Santa Fe” with illustration of Indian chief superimposed over shot; train speeds across frame “Hiawatha” sign superimposed over shot
14:43:24:15 VS two trains producing real smoke have head-on collision; young boy wearing tie looks at toy train track and turns to older brother angrily and says “Now see what you’ve done?”; young man tells younger brother he is sorry; old man gets up and tells oldest son the accident was his fault, older boy tells father he would rather be a race car driver then a train engineer
14:44:15:15 Shot from atop front of train riding down long straight stretch of tracks.
14:44:19:20 Great shot train pulls out of station.
14:44:27:14 CU train slowly pulling out of station, huge skyscraper in background
14:44:35:17 Train producing long cloud of white smoke speeds past “Yard Limit” sign.
14:44:43:02 CU road sign for right curve in road.
14:44:45:02 CU road sign “Drive In Right Land Except When Passing Cars”, 1930s cars drive past sign.
14:44:47:06 CU diamond road sign “End Of Concrete 500 Feet”, 1930s car speeds past sign along road
14:44:48:29 Railroad Crossing sign; train engineer pulls lever in train.
14:45:23:18 Man standing beside train as huge train wheels begin to start up; wipes to low-angle CU train speeds by camera; train conductor passes by in a Pere Marquette locomotive
14:45:39:09 Traffic on highway in 1930s, railroad track on far side of road, train enters frame producing long black smoke cloud, large train dwarfs the cars (great shot of parallel highway and railroad)
14:46:03:09 Great shot looking out through train window at 1930s car driving on highway alongside train at the same speed, farmland passes in background.
14:46:13:13 CU train wheels start up; VS train conductor driving train; shot from atop train, spinning bell on top of train, train approaches traffic signal
14:46:59:17 VS Great shot train on elevated track driving toward big city skyline through industrial area
14:47:11:28 Great shot 1930s people in dining car of 1930s train.
14:47:24:10 New York Central Rail Lines train pulls into tunnel; VS train pulling into Central Station, train turning on platform, engineers inspecting train.
14:48:01:19 POV shot inside 1930s car, disembodied hand presses horn, freight truck in front of car moves to right lane
14:48:10:18 VS 1930s car lines up to parallel park on city street.
14:48:16:07 Shot from inside car looking out front windshield, car driving down two-way street pulls into left land to pass then sees oncoming car and pulls back into right lane.
14:48:28:00 LS 1930s car driving down dirt road toward camera pulls up to Railroad Crossing sign and stops at tracks to let train pass, train cuts across frame occluding car from shot
14:48:37:13 Three 1930s cars make left turn; POV shot from driver’s seat in car driving through heavy traffic, street packed with 1920s to 1930s cars.
14:48:56:21 Older man talks to older son in early twenties sitting in toy train track and younger boy about 10 years old, older son stands up and says to father “you don’t need to worry about my driving anymore, I am going to run my car like a real engineer”, CU angry younger brother reacts “Yeah, and you better be more careful with my trains too”
14:49:43:08 1930s Chevrolet pulls around corner of dirt road and stops in front of camera, Chevrolet hubcap on car; CU spinning Chevrolet hubcap.